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15th January 2003

I have received many messages from Club Members about the Newsletter, and I have been in contact with Ron Champion on the matter. Please understand that Rory Perrett is as busy as the rest of us if not more so, but Ron tells me that Rory will have the Newsletter out. Thereafter I would expect that Rory will be wanting someone with a reasonably long Club background to take over this side of the Club, perhaps also the Membership too. More of that when things become clearer.

15th January 2003: Derek Manders writes:

” Ron has asked me to spread the word that a third edition of the book is due out in the spring. This will be full of new bits, like independent suspension, alternative front up rights, and a piece on how to make side screens a hood frame & hood, plus lots of other useful updated information. He also says that it will have contributions from Locost builders from around the world.”

2nd October 2002
Chassis Improvments: Chris Greatrix writes……….

I have made a finite element analysis of the lowcost chassis. This form of analysis is used by major manufacturers to aid their chassis designs and is normally restricted to large or specialised companies. My results indicate that the torsional stiffness of the lowcost chassis can be roughly doubled while saving weight and using less tubes. I hope you find the attachment, which describes the modifications, interesting and useful.

Regards Chris Greatrix

Click here to get Chris’ attachment in MS Word format including diagrams.

2nd October 2002
Following the huge success and demand for a Folembray (See below – 7th August entry) repeat here are some outlines for 2003 – fine details later as I negotiate. Prices are based on current crossing rates and are per person based on 2 sharing a room and car. Crossing from Dover only. Please forward on the details as these trips are very popular and as they are based on ‘first come first served’ they tend to fill up very quickly.

A short weekend in May Folembray Track day for sports racing and performance cars only. New hotel for many – not the Laon Campanile. tba – approx 150 May 31st – June 1st Circuite Historique de Laon tba – approx 180 depending upon number of days chosen Folembray supplement 50

Mulhouse Mountain Tour Wed 2nd July – Sun 6th July (no trucks!) 5 days 4 nights hotel tba but no more than 250 (This will be my biggy event on the lines of The Ardennes Mountain Thrash but including a Mulhouse Museum visit and better weather!)

A short weekend in October Folembray Track Day – mixed vehicles tba – approx 150

Kind regards, Mac Allardyce Secretary Sylva Sportscar Register mailto:[email protected]

7th August – Folembray Track Day – From Mac Allardyce, SSR Secretary:

ATTENTION!! I have now negotiated a huge discount – from Ł199pp down to Ł155pp but to qualify all bookings MUST be arranged through me as I am taking on the Tour as a representative. If you want to go at this silly price get your deposit of Ł100 per car to me ASAP – don’t forget : – Name, address, contact number of driver Make & reg of car Type of accommodation (single/double) Special rates for singletons, trailers, late joiners, etc – I MUST know your requirements. If you need further information just e-mail me at [email protected] with “Folembray” in the subject header or call me on 01622 851593. Kind regards, Mac Allardyce SSR Secretary

7th August – International section!

Hi – thanks for the great website it has been a source of inspiration to us here in Oudtshoorn South Africa. There are at present 6 of us building locosts together (6 cars) and a further 3 being built elswhere in our town. We are having great fun building the cars and have got to the point with most of the chassis where we have to build the suspension.

I thought you might be interested in viewing some of our progress on the website

Perth, 8th September 2002:
the Scone Palace Farming of Yesteryear Show includes masses of cars, trucks, engines and tractors of all ages. It’s a great day out. 4 Locosts of the Scottish Kit Car Club attended last year. Pictures here